Which type of psychological complex do you have?

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Placing complexes into categories is a difficult task due to the abstract meaning and wide spectrum of psychological complexes.

An approach to dividing complexes into categories is to consider:

  • What they relate to

o   PHYSICAL: complexes relating to our body and physical features such as a nose size complex, a skin complex, a weight complex etc.

o   MENTAL: complexes relating to mind states such as a money complex, an intelligence complex, an inferiority complex etc.

  • What is their overall effect in our lives (POSITIVE – NEGATIVE)

o   NEGATIVE: leading to negative emotions and behaviors e.g. an intelligence complex makes people feel that they are not smart enough and possibly makes them behave in an insecure way having a negative overall effect in their lives.

o   POSITIVE: leading to positive emotions and behaviors e.g. an appearance complex in the form of feeling that you must always look perfect creates a commitment to your looks which will most probably improve your appearance and make you feel and act more self-confident.

All information above could be explained through diagram 2:

Diagram 1: Categories of psychological complexes



Just as things in life are not completely black or white (Yin-Yang), the overall effect of a psychological complex is not always positive or negative. For instance, although an inferiority complex   might cause negative emotions of being inferior to others in some way, for some individuals it might act as an incentive for achievement in order to prove to ourselves that we could be better than others.

Similarly, an achievement complex usually creates a motivation for productive work but it can also lead to limited personal or family life. Additionally, a high interrelationship between physical and mental complexes exists e.g. a weight complex might have an adverse effect on our self-confidence.

Thus, an alternative representation of the categories of complexes for certain individuals could be shown through diagram 3:


Diagram 2: Alternative categorization of psychological complexes


Although placing complexes into categories depends on the individual, the substance and general characteristics of each complex remain the same for everyone. Thus, it is easier to realize, approach and solve a complex based on its category. For example mental complexes are approached more effectively through reprogramming our minds while physical complexes usually allow for some concrete and tangible actions. Also, an individual should try to thoroughly overcome a negative complex but only focus on the negative effects when it comes to positive complexes. For more information and analysis, refer to the ‘methodology’ section.



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